ABOUT THE TITLE POEM & OPENING: “i tried to help you but then literally fascism” is a visual poem combining original photography and verse. It shares its title with a series of collages and paintings going back over five years, all of which are being debuted at Octopus for the first time. In addition, Paul will also premiere unpublished poems from a new series, Black Signal (2018-2019).
ABOUT THE ART : My modus operandi as a collage artist has been fairly simple: use what isn’t mine and mine what isn’t used. Discarded love letters, corporate paraphernalia, overwrought Supersymbols, textbook science & art lessons, dumpster-dived miscellany, neglected reference works– I love finding a way to make them fit all together, with brushstrokes and scribbling, gluing and scissoring. Technical mastery over the collage form has never interested me as much as pulling things so far out of context they invert and become the backbone for new ideas. In collage & in several literary quotes on canvas, I’ve deliberately left much to the realm of inference. My hope is that a highly-textured material will speak for itself.
Octopus Literary Salon 2101 Webster Street
Friday, April 5th 2019 6:00-8:00pm, followed by live music.